Posted: Monday October 17, 2005 10:07AM; Updated: Monday October 17, 2005 10:07AM
Actors say they love to play villians, so whoever gets the role of Tonya Harding will hit the jackpot.
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1. What is it with figure skaters and opera? In 1984, both Katarina Witt and Debi Thomas skated to Bizet's Carmen in what became known as the Dueling Carmens. Now Nancy Kerrigan's 1994 knee-capping by an associate of rival Tonya Harding has been adapted into Nancy and Tonya: The Opera. The show is scheduled to open this spring at Tufts University near Boston. It will be presented as a double feature with O.J.: The Musical. (O.K., we made that last part up.)
2. The White Sox beat the Angels 6-3 on Sunday to clinch the ALCS and advance to the franchise's first World Series since 1959. The Series doesn't start until next Saturday in Chicago, which should give the NL representative sufficient time to figure out how to tag out A.J. Pierzynski.
3. Nuggets center Marcus Camby, who makes approximately $8 million a year, says that the NBA should provide a clothing stipend if it wants players to conform to a proposed off-court dress code. Camby would also like players to receive a portion of their salary in singles to facilitate postgame nightlife.
4. A Buccaneers fan has sued the Tampa Sports Authority, claiming that the policy of patting fans down as they enter Raymond James Stadium before games is unconstitutional. The fan contends that such groping should be limited to team boat cruises.
5. A number of readers wrote in about Friday's 10 Spot list of great college football upsets. The most nominations were for Penn State's 14-10 defeat of No. 1 Miami in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 2, 1987. That game, in which Hurricane quarterback and Heisman winner Vinny Testaverde threw five interceptions, might be better remembered for the antics of the Miami players during the week. For example, a group of Hurricanes donned fatigues and marched out of what was supposed to be a friendly dinner with Penn State players. (As the late Jerome Brown, then a Miami defensive tackle, memorably put it: "Did the Japanese sit down and eat with Pearl Harbor before they bombed them?") The next most votes was for Michigan's 24-12 upset of No. 1 Ohio State on Nov. 22, 1969, breaking the 22-game winning streak of the squad that even grouchy Buckeyes coach Woody Hayes called "probably the best team that ever played college football." Of course, the most e-mails came in to inform me that I had (mistakenly) declared that Grant Hill had somehow fathered himself. Rather, Grant's dad is -- all together now -- Calvin Hill.
6. A week after the A's parted ways with manager Ken Macha, GM Billy Beane decided to rehire him on Friday. The Moneyball guru found Macha much more appealing after seeing him walk.
7. The generally blueblood business of thoroughbred racing loves a horse with somewhat humble origins and owners, but it's tough to top the tale of six-month-old filly Poor Little Sister. The horse was donated to a group of nuns in upstate New York of the Little Sisters of the Poor order. The nuns sold the horse for $8,000 at an auction over the weekend but will retain 20 percent of Poor Little Sister's winnings, which will benefit the sisters' home for the elderly. Our favorite part of the story is that when the bidding stalled at $3,000, an older nun (with 50 years in the order) got so excited that she upped the ante a few times just to get the ball rolling again. Still, isn't it practically a sin not to name the horse The Flying Nun?
8. The University of Kentucky set a Midnight Madness attendance mark when more than 23,000 fans filled Rupp Arena on Friday night. The UK fans were eager to celebrate the traditional end of football season.
9. Sideline exchange of the weekend: Saturday's Michigan State-Ohio State game provided the long-awaited affirmative answer to the question, Has there ever been a worthwhile sideline interview? With the Spartans leading 17-7 and driving with seconds left in the first half, Spartans head coach John L. Smith wanted QB Drew Stanton to spike the ball to stop the clock and set up a field-goal try. But one or more assistant coaches told the kicking team to run on the field before a spike, and the Buckeyes took advantage of the Spartans' confusion by blocking the kick and returning it for a touchdown as the half expired. ABC's Jack Arute caught Smith just as the vein in his forehead looked as if it might explode. "We should have been in the ballgame with that field goal," Smith bellowed. "The coaches sent him [the kicker] in -- we shouldn't have sent him in. That's a dang coaching mistake. The kids are playing their tail off and the coaches are screwing it up!" Ouch. It probably didn't help Smith's mood that the Buckeyes went on to win the game.
10. The Raptors became the first NBA team to lose to Israeli team Maccabi Tel Aviv in 27 years after Sunday's 105-103 defeat in Toronto. Still, at least the Raptors were both comfortable and stylish in their velour sweats after the game.